Average Disc Injury Verdicts and Settlements
JVR has done a national analysis of jury awards for spinal nerve with disc damage for the years 2004 through 2010.
One thing the study underscores is what every plaintiffs' lawyer has figured out by osmosis if nothing else: age matters. Young people generally recover much better than older people like me. Shoot.
The overall median award to plaintiffs age 18 and under was $43,997 while the median award to plaintiffs between the ages of 19 and 29 was $67,612. Plaintiffs between the ages of 40 and 59 who suffered spinal nerve with disc damage received a median award of $103,723 and plaintiffs age 60 and older received a median award of $100,000.
The interesting thing about the age numbers is that at some point you see they begin to turn again as juries increasingly begin to blame age for the injuries. I bet if you took this up to 70 and 80 you would see the numbers continue to drop.
Anyway, these are the numbers:
|Year||Average||Median||Probability Range||2004||$300,098||$30,188||$10,000 - $196,487||2005||$273,270||$60,000||$17,500 - $222,000||2006||$301,403||$72,500||$20,895 - $267,000||2007||$323,738||$50,000||$15,500 - $250,000||2008||$347,952||$75,000||$25,499 - $272,958||2009||$393,635||$100,000||$30,000 - $350,000||2010||$363,410||$69,452||$25,000 - $257,500||Overall||$27,377||$62,000||$19,316 - $250,000|
These numbers bounce around a bit but we have not noticed any real changes in values over the last ten years here in Maryland. I think the range here is probably statistically insignificant.
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